Senior Associate/Wills & Estates Accredited Specialist, Lorraine Jones & Associates

After completing a combined Arts/Law Degree at Monash University in 1999, I was accepted into the Leo Cussen Practical Training Course (PTC) the following year.

The best thing about the PTC was the breadth of topics we were taught and the extensive materials provided on each of those topics which were of great assistance in the ‘real world’. There was also a great opportunity to complete work experience in the latter stage of the PTC in various law firms, and build a network of contacts and friends in this industry.

After being admitted to practice, I gained employment at a National law firm based in Dandenong which primarily serviced small to medium business owners. In 2006 I gained Specialist Accreditation through the Law Institute of Victoria in Wills + Estates and have practiced exclusively in this area since my admission. By 2011, I became a Partner at a Top Ten National Law Firm and in 2015 I have returned to practice now at a long standing suburban firm based in Eltham having taken parental leave to raise twin girls.

Since 2007 I have enjoyed returning to Leo Cussen to instruct in the Wills and Estates topics for the PTC trainees as it is fun to teach and I hope to encourage the students to take an interest in this area of the law.